EP Lab

EP Lab

Cookeville Regional Adds Electrophysiology Lab

Cookeville Regional Medical Center has recently added a dedicated Electrophysiology (EP) Lab to expand services offered through the hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center. The facility is located on the third floor of CRMC, in the old CVICU unit.

Cardiac Electrophysiology is a sub-specialty of cardiology that deals with the electricity of the heart and treats heart arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation and other rhythm disturbances.  Cookeville Regional offers a full range of EP services and is fortunate to have Dr. Mark Wathen on staff as a cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology.

Under the leadership of Dr. Wathen, Cookeville Regional was the first hospital in the Southeast and the second in the United States to use a new ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) that lessens “unnecessary shocks." Dr. Wathen played an instrumental role in the development of this new technology, which is now being used by electrophysiologists nationwide. Cookeville Regional was also among the first hospitals in the United States to use the first and only cryoballoon in the nation to treat atrial fibrillation.

EP services at Cookeville Regional include cardiac mapping, cardioversion, radio frequency catheter ablation, cryoablation, ICD implantation, pacemaker insertion, defibrillator threshold testing and transesophageal echocardiogram.

Since 1994, The Heart and Vascular Center at Cookeville Regional has provided much-needed cardiac and vascular services in the Upper Cumberland. Since its opening, the center has grown and expanded to include not only comprehensive diagnostic tests and treatments, but also interventional procedures such as angioplasty, stent placement, pacemakers, electrophysiology and arrhythmia procedures, implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation and cardiothoracic surgery (including beating-heart and minimally invasive heart surgeries, and heart valve repair and replacement). 

Some of the most common vascular conditions treated are aortic aneurysm, carotid artery disease and peripheral artery disease. Boasting a well-trained medical staff specializing in treating heart and vascular conditions, The Heart and Vascular Center at Cookeville Regional is staffed by board-certified cardiologists, vascular surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiothoracic anesthesiologists who are supported by a team of healthcare professionals who are specifically trained in the field of cardiac and vascular care.

The Heart and Vascular Center has recently been ranked the best performing hospital in Tennessee and among the top 10% of all hospitals nationwide for coronary interventional procedures from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization.